Overview & description
The ancient stones of the church of St John the Baptist have stood for over 900 years bearing witness to the story of the people of this region and a testimony to their Christian faith. With our medieval font cap, stunning prize winning Victorian east window, 18th century marigold window, unique Reformation box pews, Commonwealth period windows (a rare survival) and monuments to the rich and the poor, industrialists and beggars - the Minster is a great place to start a visit to Halifax and its many attractions. A short walk from train and bus stations and an easy stroll from Eureka Childrens Museum, The Square Chapel, the unique Piece Hall and much more it makes sense to start your tour of the town with us.
The Minster is steeped in history, but remember too that we are a living community and a vibrant hub for Christian worship and prayer, interfaith work, education, culture and performance events. Have a look at our website for details of the many concerts and services, exhibitions and community events you could join with during your visit.
We look forward to welcoming all visitors to share in the heritage of our region and the peace and space of this sacred building.
Opening Times and Prices:
Winter (GMT) Open 10am-2pm
Summer (BST) Open 10am-4pm
Bank Holiday Opening - Open for Services on Christmas Day.
The Minster is a busy venue and we advice contacting our office prior to travel to confirm access. Guided tours for groups also available by prior booking - £5 per person for an hour tour including refreshments.
The Minster is free but there is a suggested minimum donation of £3 per visitor and a £3 charge for a photography permit.